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If People Knew the Truth About the Media, the War Would Be Over Tomorrow

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News Media are the enemies of the people

While President Donald Trump's ongoing struggle with the news media is gaining momentum after the 2016 presidential election, ordinary Americans share their views on the media watchdog.

According to the latest Pew Research Center report, the largest division occurs between those who support Republicans and Democrats in particular. The analysis in this report is based on a nationally representative survey conducted from February 22nd to March 4, 2018, among 5,035 people aged 18 or older.

For example, a majority of American citizens believe that the media are completely in the hands of politicians, while the media themselves are faced with the so-called 'watchdog role' and are the propaganda mouthpiece of certain political forces.

The vast majority of Democrats (82%) say in the poll that they support the news media’s watchdog role, believing that news media’s criticism helps keep political leaders from doing things that shouldn’t be done. On the other hand, the majority of Republicans (58%) believe that the criticism of the media prevents political leaders from doing their job. Last year, the difference was 47-points. That is, during the Barack Obama administration, about the same number of citizens supported the role of the media as watchdog.

The conclusion here is self-evident. While Trump is in power, neither the people nor his political opponents believe that the media is bias free. Although, even since ancient times, it has been a well-known fact that the media have never been bias free. The media is created precisely to be a mouthpiece to defend someone's interests. Today, people apparently don't guess or don't want to believe it.

Also today, as in previous years, Republicans (86%) are much more likely than Democrats (52%) to say that news organizations prefer one side over the other. To be honest, it would be strange if it were the opposite, or if there were no bias at all.

In addition, the results indicate a low level of trust in social media as a source of news and information among the public and members of both sides of the political divide. While one-in-five Americans (21%) trust the information they receive from national news organizations, this share is about five times higher than the share that has great trust in the information they receive from social networking sites (4%). And few Republicans or Democrats express great trust in the information they receive from social networks (3% and 6%, respectively). Social media is known as a relatively new phenomenon, while the media has existed almost since the beginning of human society. To be more precise, it is not about the media, but about the information that is distributed to cover certain events.

At the same time, 71% of respondents said that they don't fully trust the content of information that the media gives to people. 68% of Americans believe that the media are not ready to admit their mistakes. What else should be noted is that many Americans also tend to feel disconnected from the news media.

While few Americans have high levels of trust in professional news organizations, a close look at Americans’ expectations of and relationship with the news media offers a more nuanced view of the situation. Overall, most Americans expect the news they get will be largely accurate. Yet, most also believe that news organizations will try to cover up their mistakes rather than admit to them. And while majorities of both parties believe the information they receive will be accurate, positive sentiments toward the news media are stronger among Democrats than Republicans, as seen in previous findings.

If People Knew the Truth About the Media, the War Would Be Over Tomorrow

So, about two-thirds of Americans (68%) believe news organizations will try to cover up mistakes, more than double the share who thinks news organizations will admit to them (30%).

Information war between Democrats and Republicans

Both political forces show their support for the news media’s "watchdog role," and if the former believe that the media during the Trump administration are nothing more than non-free structures, Trump and his supporters believe that the media is a huge fake news system.

Although before the elections in 2016, both forces expressed support for the media. Last year, the parties diverged and now Democrats are still about twice as likely as Republicans to support this role (82% vs. 38%, respectively). With regard to partisan political forces, the broad divisions of opinion are the largest ever since the question was first asked in 1985.

In 2018, the vast majority of Republicans (86%) say news organizations prefer one side in their coverage, 34 percentage points higher than Democrats (52%). Unlike Republicans, whose views have remained largely unchanged over the past three years.

And just as with the support of the watchdog role, the partisans are divided at historical levels as to whether they perceive the news media as favoring one side. In 2017 and 2018, the differences between Republicans and Democrats in perceptions of fairness of media coverage is greater than at any other point in the last three decades except in 2007, at the end of George W. Bush's presidency, when partisans were as split as they are today.

Now, as for certain figures, today the majority of Americans (65%) say media criticism keeps political leaders in check, while 31% believe that criticism prevents leaders from doing their job. Here we can recall the ill-fated topic of Russia's interference in the US elections. While everyone has been so fervent about discussing and blaming Russia, Trump is already apparently tired of these media investigations, and made a statement that he is no longer going to conduct an investigation into the matter and now declares it closed. But in response, most media  outlets have continued to write about the secret conspiracy of Trump and Putin and about their alleged friendship. It turns out that on the one hand the media are really trying to prevent the administration from doing their work, and on the other hand it would seem that they are simply doing their job.

There is also a partisan gap in trust, where Republicans again expressed a much lower level of trust in information from news organizations, especially national news organizations. About three times more Democrats than Republicans trust national news organizations (35% vs. 12%, respectively). A smaller gap arises when it comes to local news: 37% of Democrats have a lot of trust in the local news, 14 percentage points higher than Republicans(23%).

If People Knew the Truth About the Media, the War Would Be Over Tomorrow

The situation is very diverse, in some ways the political sides agree, but for the most part, they differ, especially in regard to the issue after 2016, when the presidential elections were held. Trump, in his turn, is right, in fact, when he says that the media are false structures. When we wrote above that during the last Trump and Putin meeting at a press conference on July 16th in Helsinki, negotiations were held quite successfully. The media changed the meaning of this meeting to fit their own partisan narrative and long after that accused the American President of friendly communication with the President of Russia.

Why is this happening? It's simple. As was already noted, the media are a propaganda mouthpiece, regardless of which sides’ tune they may currently be dancing to. The situation is similar all over the world, as long as there is war, censorship, demonization, and revenge. The media can do it all thanks to false assumptions and its own recycled clichés. For example, almost half a century ago, "The Greening of America" book made a splash across America. On its cover, were these words: " A revolution is coming. It will not be like the revolutions of the past. This is the revolution of the new generation."

And so it happened: the artificial creation of new threats against the background of the cold war helped to politically disorient those who could of potentially created a legitimate opposition 20 years ago.

In addition to various political forces, the media are also managed by the world's largest elites, who follow their desires and needs. Rupert Murdoch is considered the godfather of the modern media mafia. However, the most powerful propaganda is given not by the Sun or Fox News, but by media from the Liberal Pantheon. When the New York Times falsely stated that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, everyone believed only because this information appeared not in Fox News, but in the New York Times.

The same applies to the Washington Post and the Guardian — both publications played a crucial role in preparing their subscribers' for the acceptance of a new and dangerous cold war.

The biggest illusion of liberalism is freedom and openness of information

In 2009, Western England University published the results of a ten-year study on the Air Force's coverage of Venezuelan political and social life. Of the 304 reports, only three noted some positive aspects of the policy of the government of Former President Hugo Chavez. And the largest-scale program of elimination of illiteracy in the history of mankind was totally bypassed. Even on his deathbed Chavez was ridiculed. How was it explained in schools of journalism?

In 1977, Carl Bernstein, an American investigative journalist and known whistleblower of the Watergate scandal, found that more than four hundred journalists and news executives worked for the CIA. Among them were journalists of the New York Times, Time Magazine, and many working in US television. Later, in 1991, Guardian journalist Richard Norton Taylor found a similar scheme in the UK.

Today, it is difficult to believe that anyone is paying the Washington Post to accuse Edward Snowden of aiding and abetting terrorism. It is difficult to believe that those who regularly denigrate Julian Assange are simply being payed off.

Most likely, the main reason Assange is causing such outbursts of poison, anger, and hatred is that WikiLeaks has revealed the true face of the corrupt political elite that journalists have been hiding for so long. In this new era of revelations, Assange has made many enemies, covering and shaming the media’s servants, including the newspaper that published and attempted to appropriate his sensation. However, he became not only a target but a scapegoat as well.

This was not even mentioned in Stockholm on December 1, 2014. Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger together with Edward Snowden received the award "For the appropriate life support," also known as the alternative Nobel peace prize. The shocking fact was that the memory of Assange and WikiLeaks seemed to have been totally erased.

No one even mentioned the person who collected the largest digital evidence dump in modern times and gave the Guardian the material, which became one of the biggest sensations in history. In addition, it was Assange and his WikiLeaks team that helped Snowden escape in Hong Kong and transported him to a safe place.

"If people knew the truth, the war would be over tomorrow"

Edmund Burke, an Irish statesman as well as an orator, political theorist, and philosopher, in the XVIII, called the press "The Fourth Power." Today we need a "Fifth Power" — for journalism that monitors, exposes and fights propaganda and teaches young people to serve the their societies, but not their governments. We need restructuring — the reincarnation of the captive identity. We need real journalism.

Author: USA Really